Sunday, 30 November 2014

Nightcrawler (4/5,Good)

A dark tale of a character living in a system which exploits our Humanity to its limits. What are the choices that we have as individuals if everything out there is for sale? Questions like these embrace the new film from Dan Gilroy's (writer of Freejack, Real Steel)

 Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an opportunist, unscrupulous man surviving in the wild city of Los Angeles. He stumbles into a new career as a cameraman and films the dark side of the city. Car accidents, murder, violence is what he tries to capture through the lens of his camera. As more and more darker the captured stories are, the more and more success he has. Running in the streets of Los Angeles, he loses himself in a world of darkness and voyeurism.

Jake Gyllenhaal is incredibly brilliant in the role of an anti-social man who breaks any boundary of ethics in order to get any scoop. The law of the strongest apply and Gylenhaal's character knows it. The boldest you go, you will succeed. However those scoops are mere car accidents and murders. These night-events are commodified and become a show per se. It brings the thought about Media today and how sensationalists they have become (especially in the United States). We don't look to understand our world: we aim mostly to be entertained.

German philosopher Nietzche once wrote "when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you". We see the evolution of the character ( one of the highlights of the script) and discover the complexity of a lonely man in a hard world. Is he a victim? Or is he a monster? You will have to think about it. Even if the final can be predictable for the genre, we still are satisfied with the journey.

Very good rhythm and great photography: dark colours are predominant in the shots and still, doesn't make it monotone. Aggressive music by James Newton Howard translating the ambivalence of the main character. We would like to assert that the best thing in the movie is, with no doubt, Jake Gylenhaal. Hopefully we will see him in the Oscars 2015!

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